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30 Jun 2015

University of York hosts visual effects bootcamp for film and TV tutors

The University of York will host a hands-on visual effects course aimed at tutors delivering visual effects (VFX) teaching at UK institutions.

Based in the University’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television, course participants will have access to world-class facilities and industry-standard equipment.

The VFX Tutor Bootcamp –Introduction to Visual Effects Compositing Using Nuke, runs for two days on 2 and 3 July. It is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Funds.

The course will cover key compositing techniques using Nuke software, asset integration, colour correction, multi –source operators, matte creation, rotoscoping, keying and Nuke workflow and pipeline.

Led by Senior Lecturer and Visual Effects Producer John Mateer, the course is supported by industry specialists including VFX Supervisor Ben Louden (The Knife That Killed Me, Sparks and Embers, Residue). The bootcamp also featuresspecial guests Dan Snape (Fast and Furious,Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Dark Knight Rises, Jupiter Ascending), John Galloway (Inception, Skyfall, Man of Steel, Les Misérables), and Compositing Supervisors from Industrial Light and Magic. John Galloway will present a special lecture as well as assist with practical lessons, giving tricks and tips from industry, and Dan Snape will give an after dinner talk and Q&A.

John Mateer, Head of Film and Television in York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television, said: “Understanding node-based compositing is a key skill for working in the VFX industry but knowing how a software package works is only part of the equation. We are delighted to have the support of Industrial Light and Magic for this course because it will provide participants with first hand insight into current industry practice from artists working at the top VFX company in the world. This is a rare opportunity to learn from people working at the highest level in visual effects while also learning about a key package they use.”

Sue Lyster, Director of Operations, Industrial Light and Magic, London, said: “We recognize the importance of increasing the number of skilled visual effects artists in the UK so we are pleased to have the opportunity to support a course that should help university and college tutors gain greater understanding of the tools we use, how we use them and how we approach complex visual effects in our projects.”

The Department of Theatre, Film and Television offers a complex of two theatres, two television studios, a large sound stage, production labs, extensive post-production facilities and a digital cinema, as well as rehearsal and changing rooms.

For more information on the VFX Tutor Boot Camp –Introduction to Visual Effects Compositing Using Nuke on 2 and 3 July visit www.heslingtonstudios.com/training/.

The University of York will host a hands-on visual effects course aimed at tutors delivering visual effects (VFX) teaching at UK institutions.

Based in the University’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television, course participants will have access to world-class facilities and industry-standard equipment.

The VFX Tutor Bootcamp –Introduction to Visual Effects Compositing Using Nuke, runs for two days on 2 and 3 July. It is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund which is funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds, through the Skills Investment Funds.

The course will cover key compositing techniques using Nuke software, asset integration, colour correction, multi –source operators, matte creation, rotoscoping, keying and Nuke workflow and pipeline.

Led by Senior Lecturer and Visual Effects Producer John Mateer, the course is supported by industry specialists including VFX Supervisor Ben Louden (The Knife That Killed Me, Sparks and Embers, Residue). The bootcamp also featuresspecial guests Dan Snape (Fast and Furious,Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Dark Knight Rises, Jupiter Ascending), John Galloway (Inception, Skyfall, Man of Steel, Les Misérables), and Compositing Supervisors from Industrial Light and Magic. John Galloway will present a special lecture as well as assist with practical lessons, giving tricks and tips from industry, and Dan Snape will give an after dinner talk and Q&A.

John Mateer, Head of Film and Television in York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television, said: “Understanding node-based compositing is a key skill for working in the VFX industry but knowing how a software package works is only part of the equation. We are delighted to have the support of Industrial Light and Magic for this course because it will provide participants with first hand insight into current industry practice from artists working at the top VFX company in the world. This is a rare opportunity to learn from people working at the highest level in visual effects while also learning about a key package they use.”

Sue Lyster, Director of Operations, Industrial Light and Magic, London, said: “We recognize the importance of increasing the number of skilled visual effects artists in the UK so we are pleased to have the opportunity to support a course that should help university and college tutors gain greater understanding of the tools we use, how we use them and how we approach complex visual effects in our projects.”

The Department of Theatre, Film and Television offers a complex of two theatres, two television studios, a large sound stage, production labs, extensive post-production facilities and a digital cinema, as well as rehearsal and changing rooms.

For more information on the VFX Tutor Boot Camp –Introduction to Visual Effects Compositing Using Nuke on 2 and 3 July visit www.heslingtonstudios.com/training/.

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